Release Announcement
May 27, 2021

The Ice Cream Militia

(Left to Right) Front Row: Jake Cassidy, Jarod Schmitmeyer, Dondré Cook, Tanner Wertz. Back Row: Kyle Polak, Patrick Dillinger, Michael Borjas, Zach Bodenmiller, Alec Blake. Photo by Dave Ludwig.

The Ice Cream Militia is a group of dudes from Toledo, Ohio bringing you the most lively, legit, lickable, and lactose tolerant music. The group formed in early 2015 while being active members of the University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band in addition to participating as brothers in UT’s music-centric fraternities Phi Mu Alpha and Kappa Kappa Psi. The Ice Cream Militia has performed at venues in and around Toledo, Bowling Green, Detroit, Akron, Ann Arbor, and Columbus. The group’s musical influences range from alternative, funk, reggae, rock, and more with two EPs and one full-length album available for streaming. During live performances, the group has numerous cover songs weaving through the setlist featuring songs by Stevie Wonder, Alice In Chains, The Beach Boys, Kool & The Gang, and more.

The members are Jake Cassidy (guitar, vocals, synth), Tanner Wertz (guitar, vocals), Kyle Polak (guitar, vocals), Jarod Schmitmeyer (bass, vocals), Zach Bodenmiller (drums), Dondré Cook (trumpet), Michael Borjas (trombone), Patrick Dillinger (trombone), and Alec Blake (tuba).

Find The Ice Cream Militia on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Music is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and iHeartRadio.

For inquiries, please contact The Ice Cream Militia at or send a message on any of our social media pages.

The Ice Cream Militia “Live at Bigfoot Studios” – Streamed March 18th, 2021

Social media follower count:

Facebook (1,138) – Instagram (660) – Twitter (405) – YouTube (98 subscribers)

Featured on:

100.7 the Zone: Toledo’s New Rock and Alternative Radio Station

-“On The Radar“: Toledo-based Music Podcast

88.1 WZIP: University of Akron’s Student Radio Station

-“Rise Up“: Toledo Music Show Produced by BCAN

-“We Speak English Good“: Toledo-based Podcast

-“Simple Blasphemy Podcast“: Toledo-based Podcast

-“Vinyl Stallions“: Toledo/Cleveland-based Music Podcast


-Toledo City Paper (May 1st, 2022)

-Voyage Ohio (November 10th, 2022)

Touring bands we’ve opened for:

Nonpoint: Toledo Music Fest 2017

Helmet: Toledo Music Fest 2018

The Toasters: NYC-based ska band formed in 1981 (2019)

Mac Sabbath: McDonald’s-themed Black Sabbath tribute band (2019)

Okilly Dokilly: Ned Flanders/The Simpsons-themed metal band (2019)

The Quasi Kings: Columbus, Ohio-based reggae/rock/hip hop group (2022)

Sold-out shows:

Frankie’s Inner-City (twice, 2017 and 2018, ~ 300-350 attendees per show)

The Ottawa Tavern (once, 2018, ~300 attendees)

Shows through the University of Toledo:

-“Midnight Breakfest”: UT Homecoming Week event (2016)

-“Rocketfest”: on-campus festival (2018)

Charity shows performed at:

-“Traffic Jam UT”: benefit show for the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition (2017)

-“Ales for Tails”: benefit show for Humane Ohio (2018)

-“Tunes For A Better Tomorrow”: benefit show for the Battered Women’s Shelter & Rape Crisis Center (2018)

Notable performances:

grand re-opening of The Ottawa Tavern (March 13th, 2020)

-in-studio performance at Bigfoot Studios in Waterville, Ohio (March 18th, 2021)

-headlined at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Michigan (March 16th, 2022)

-headlined Day One of the Ohio Roots Music Festival in Sunbury, Ohio (July 8th, 2022)

Notable venues performed at:

The Blind Pig, The Village Idiot, Frankie’s Inner-City, The Ottawa Tavern, The Blarney Irish Pub, Headliners, Civic Music Hall, Wild Goose Creative, The Ritz, DIME Detroit (Detroit Institute of Music Education), Howard’s Club H, The Switchboard